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Pope's first anniversary marked across world

Friday, Mar 14, 2014 - 01:56

March 14 - Catholics around the world mark the Pope's first anniversary as head of the Roman Catholic Church. Sarah Toms reports.

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It's been one year since Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio of Argentina was elected pope in a surprise election..... Since then Pope Francis has won the admiration of Catholics and non-Catholics alike across the world. Tributes to the first Jesuit pontiff have flooded in here to the Vatican. Worshippers respect him for doing away with the usual elaborate trappings of his position and instead instilling more simplicity in St. Peter's. But the changes he has introduced since the shock resignation of Pope Benedict XVI last February are about more than just style. He's also known for his knack of supplying memorable off the cuff comments. UPSOT: CROWDS / AUDIO OF POPE TAPPING ON MICROPHONE AND SAYING IT DOESN'T WORK But it's here in Latin America where the first non-European pontiff in more than one thousand years is particularly loved. Masses were held in Brazil and Mexico to commemorate his one year anniversary. (SOUNDBITE) (Spanish) FATHER JOSE DE JESUS AGUILAR, DIRECTOR OF THE RADIO AND TELEVISION SERVICE OF THE ARCHDIOCESE OF MEXICO "It's true, he draws attention but the Pope is not making a rupture but a continuation of everything that was happening but what people like is finding a Pope that is very immediate, let us say with my words, he sort of deflated the figure of the Pope to present him as an ordinary person, as a Pope should be seen, with a lot of qualities but also with limitations as he has admitted." And nowhere more adored than his own country Argentina. But as the congratulations poured in Francis did not hear or see any of them...he and his top aides are spending the week on a spiritual retreat in a simple building not far from these frescoed halls of the Vatican.

Pope's first anniversary marked across world

Friday, Mar 14, 2014 - 01:56

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